NCCF is excited about the return of the online process for the community grant-making cycles, which begin mid-February for many of our affiliate markets. It greatly simplifies the process, saving time and money for our nonprofit partners, affiliate volunteers and staff. Grants online also eliminates the process' past reliance on paper, allowing us all to be better stewards of the environment. NCCF affiliate foundations across the state made 350 awards totaling nearly $500,000 last year, so the grantmaking effort is far-reaching.

Good Done Great remains our technology partner for the 2012 online process. Nonprofits reported that the process is easy, logical and intuitive. Returning agencies will be delighted to find that much of their information was saved online from last year's application, making the process even easier in 2012.

One of NCCF’s primary roles is to help build capacity, according to CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. “The time and money saved throughout the online process will allow nonprofits to focus on mission-critical work and affiliates to better serve community needs,” she said

The review process also benefits from the streamlined approach. Affiliate grants committees will have online access to submitted applications, allowing more time to review proposals and select programs with the most potential and impact for their local communities. Reviewers will have access to new tools for easy collaboration and communication throughout the process.

NCCF staff will guide and support applicants and advisory boards throughout the entire grants process. Instructions and online tutorials will be available soon.

NCCF is among several community foundations that have moved to an online grants application process, according to Tolle Whiteside.

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